Post # 1
So I just got a phone call, apparently I “won” a vacation to either Mexico or the Caribbean through unitedvacations.com when I went to a Bridal Faire a week or two ago. The lady emailed me some stuff that I would need to sign and they need my social security number? What is that all about? AND they want a signed affidavit that I actually live where I live. Is that really really weird? I am thinking it is a scam and too good to be true….
I definitely don’t want to be giving away my SS#.
Post # 3
Umm call me paranoid but NO ONE should be calling and asking for your entire social security number, especially for a vacation.
Post # 4
Yes, it definitely sounds like a scam. I wouldn’t fill out any forms that ask for your SS#, even if you don’t give it out!
Post # 6
As the adage goes, “If it sounds too good to be true…” We’ve been in the travel industry for years & have never EVER needed anyone’s social security number to book a trip.
Post # 7
Scam. I don’t need to provide my social when I book trips, ever.
Post # 8
Maybe they would report your SS for tax reasons? becuase you would have to pay tax on the prize. I would call someone from the bridal show see what they say or call united directly and see if they do give away trips.
Post # 9
@Captain013: True, I agree, call the company directly, the BBB, and do some google searches. The company could be totally legit and you would be missing out on a great vacation, or you could be sidestepping a possible scam.
Edit: Unitedvacations.com is a legit site that is owned by united airlines. I still think calling them directly would be the most prudent thing, but I would put pounds to pennies that you actually won a vacation.
Post # 10
Ok, Thanks! I will look into it more. But it does sound too good to be true… =(
I’ll let you all know how it goes!
Post # 11
DO NOT give out your SSN!! I “won” plenty of crap and it was ALLLL a scam. I was never asked for my SSN though… just a valid cc and thats it but all scams! No one should ever ask for that!
Post # 12
Also think of this…. Do you really ever book your trip with a social or affidavit? Nope! I would not do this at all if I were you…
Post # 13
@cherryblossomlove: Yes, but I know for a fact that if you win over $1499.99, the giver is required by law to report it to the IRS, and that does require a social. I have won over that amount before and I had to give it or no prize.
Post # 14
@tksjewelry: dang really?? wow then maybe its ok!! 🙂 I did check the site too and it is legit…
Post # 15
@tksjewelry: That is correct. When I worked for a Fotune 400 company doing PR & promotions we conducted several national sweepstakes. I worked directly with the sweepstakes agencies we had to hire to run the campagin for us and was responsible for selecting the winners and doing initial contact. Depending on the monetary level of the prize, we did require SS# from the winners. We sent out some documents to the contestants to get their information and signatures on releases forms and other items.
Post # 16
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
Interestingly, when I posted about being careful with sharing your information at a bridal show on the blog, the person who hosted the bridal show I attended where people “won” a free honeymoon posted a diatribe about how they are blessed to be able to give those gifts and how there aren’t strings attached (the comment is deleted…she promoted her next show, this weekend).
I wish I had saved the “voucher” she was handing out at the last show because the fine print was hilarious. I have two degrees and even I found the procedure confusing. There are complaints all over the web about the companies that do this.
Do some people get their vacation or free rings? Yes.
Do some people find themselves trapped in an aggressive time share or cookware presentation? Yes.
Do some people wind up getting hounded by junk mail and phone calls? Yes.
If you have the time to jump through the hoops, it might be interesting to claim the prize. I didn’t have the time or interest in dealing with it.
By The Way, when I have won high value items, I have had to fill out a tax form. I didn’t not have to give my SSN to anyone over the phone.